THE GHA has ‘coped well’ with a ‘higher than normal’ winter surge in patients, the government says.

St Bernard’s Hospital A&E experienced an increase in admissions of elderly patients, with 75% able to go home without being admitted to hospital.

GHA: Over 75% of elderly A&E patients able to go home without hospital admission
GHA: Over 75% of elderly A&E patients able to go home without hospital admission

Three GHA patients receiving treatment at Xanit have had their return to St. Bernard’s delayed.

Neil Costa, Minister for Health, said: “The GHA has been working extremely hard over the last few months to plan ahead for the normal winter surge in hospital admissions.

“This year, however, we experienced an unusually high demand for hospital services and regrettably, a small number of patients remain temporarily at Xanit until we are able to safely and comfortably repatriate them to St Bernard’s Hospital.”

A government spokesperson also confirmed a ‘major announcement’ is due on the Dementia Day Care Centre and Residential Facility.

Currently, 60 patients receive long-term treatment at St. Bernard’s.